New York: Harper and Row, 1971.
Offset lithograph. Image measures 9.25 x 20". Sheet measures 14.75 x 23.75". Unsigned.
The original print of artwork from Maurice Sendak's 1963 "Where the Wild Things Are" was part of a boxed set released by Harper and Row in 1971. Entitled "Pictures by Maurice Sendak," the set includes original prints of images from the author's books, here printed on single sheets rather than on two-page spreads. This particular image shows the characters napping in the forest. With scales, fangs, and horns, these Wild Things display some of the characteristics that caused controversy for Sendak at the time, as some parents found the drawings too grotesque. Today, the vivid green leaves, sherbet colored sky, and finely-rendered fur speak to the author's beloved style, and the character's poses communicate the emotion for which "Wild Things" is remembered. The print is in very good condition with wide margins as issued. Some very minor foxing in margins, not affecting the image.
Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer known for his children's books. Producing illustrations for other authors as well as for television, he is best remembered for "Where the Wild Things Are," which is considered by some to be one of the first contemporary picture books.This print is a lovely example and memento of his work. Scarce.